This Earth Day, take some time to appreciate nature all around you, including your own yard. Consider these steps you can take to live more sustainably and protect the environment at home.
- Plant perennials (which bloom every year) rather than purchasing annual flowers each season.
- As much as possible, choose plants that are indigenous to your area. Native plants are more likely to thrive in your yard, plus they provide food and shelter for local birds and insects.
- Reduce your contribution to the landfill and treat your plants to rich, healthy soil by starting a compost bin. You can add food scraps as well as grass clippings, dried leaves and trimmed flowers.
- Only water your lawn during the coolest part of the day to allow the moisture to sink in rather than evaporate.
- Replace some of your grass with hardy ornamental grasses, groundcover plants, shrubs, or even a stone patio. Cover flowerbeds with mulch to help them retain as much moisture as possible.
- Collect water from a downspout into a rain barrel to use on your landscaping.
- Opt for natural, eco-friendly solutions to deter weeds and pests.
- Try your hand at growing organic produce in your garden.
- Spread organic lawn food on the grass instead of chemical-based fertilizers.
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